Exercise Stars is Back!

Become An ACC Exercise Star –   February 1 – April 11, 2021 Could you use a little extra motivation to get back on track with your exercise goals? Looking to stay connected with your campus colleagues?  Well….Get Ready because…..  Exercise Stars is BACK!!!
Yes…that’s right!  It’s almost time for your next opportunity to become an ACC Exercise Star for 2021!
Sign up HERE to join the fun!
Registration Open through Wednesday, February 10th, so be sure you get in on the fitness fun and help your campus win the title of STAR CAMPUS!
This annual exercise incentive program and friendly competition between the ACC campuses is designed for ALL LEVELS to encourage you to increase your activity level and get movin’!  Just 15 minutes a day can really make a difference on your health (and even earn you a prize)!!
Participation is Easy…Just:
  • Set your exercise/activity goal & sign up for your fitness level
  • Start exercising and be sure to log your minutes each week on your campus spreadsheet
  • Be part of your campus’s Exercise Stars team… your exercise minutes contribute to your campus’s total to help win ‘The Most Active Campus’ competition
  • Receive tip sheets and motivating messages throughout the program
  • Watch your minutes add up and your fitness improve
  • Make friends and enjoy exercising with your peers
Be on the lookout for fun new BONUS POINT Opportunities!  Yes…you can earn bonus minutes just by participating in additional wellness opportunities throughout this friendly competition.
We even have a New Incentive this Year- Earn ACC Wellness Program Wireless/Bluetooth Earbuds when you reach your goal. Click HERE for More details and specifics regarding the challenge!
Are you ready to get started on your fitness goals already and represent ACC on the statewide level? 
 Try out the statewide Get Fit Texas Challenge as well…..
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This additional 10-week challenge runs January 11th – March 21st (which overlaps some with Exercise Stars anyways), and it’s not too late to sign up and log your exercise minutes.  Count your hard work for both challenges, and help us show the other state agencies that ACC is ready to GET FIT!!
The goal for Get Fit Texas is to log 150 minutes a week of movement for six out of ten weeks.  Find out more about this challenge and register through www.getfittexas.org.  
If you have any questions, contact Mauri Winters at mmiculek@austinccedu or 512-223-7577.

Virtual Exercise Classes and Additional Wellness Resources

We recognize that exercise, self-care, and connecting with others are extremely important during this time.  Human Resources has compiled a variety of online resources to assist you and your family.

Click HERE for a running list of Webinars and Online Resources that  may be helpful during this time.  Check back  regularly,  as  more resources will be  added and information will  be updated  regularly  including new  webinars, dates, times and registration information.

Online Exercise Classes- Exercise has been proven to improve your health and reduce the risk of illness.  We are offering virtual exercise classes FREE for ALL ACC employees.  These are live online classes hosted by some of our esteemed exercise instructors.  Click HERE to Sign up for the classes that you’d like to join and Just click on the class links provided below during the scheduled times to join us for some fun and fitness.  You don’t have to be signed up to attend…Feel free to try any of the available classes and even include your family in the fun if you’d like!

Check out the Fall schedule of Virtual Exercise Classes below and join us for a class! 

Click HERE to view/access these online classes.   Click HERE to add the shared Wellness Calendar to your Google Calendar.  Click Here for Class Descriptions

We hope to see you in a class soon, but if you don’t have time for a full class or can’t make it during the scheduled times, we’ve included some links below to work exercise and stretching into your daily routine.  Perhaps you can do these during your 15-minute breaks each day!

Also….Did you know that Mindfulness has not only been proven to help people manage stress, but can also help to improve productivity, reduce blood pressure, improve sleep, decrease anxiety and depression, and improve immune function.  Why not give it a try?  Click HERE for some resources on Mindfulness including links to guided meditation and breathing activities.  There are also several apps you can download with free daily practices.

Flu Season is Coming- Be Sure to Get your Flu SHOT!

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Flu vaccines are covered at 100% at in-network pharmacies that offer flu shots. Click the link below for your Health Plan

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Blue Cross Blue Shield has provided some additional information and resources HERE for getting your flu shot.  Check it out and don’t miss out on getting yours this year!

To learn more about flu shots in general or read up on facts and myths, please review information on the Centers for Disease Control’s website HERE.  You are also encouraged to consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns pertaining to your personal health.

Exercise Stars 2020–The Results are IN!

This year marked the 5th offering of the “Become an ACC Exercise Star” Challenge coordinated by the ACC Employee Wellness Program to promote increased activity among our employees.  587 ACC faculty and staff participated this spring, which was a 67% increase from last year, and the most participants in the history of the challenge.  256 of these participants were new to the challenge.  The Challenge ran from February 3 through April 12, 2020, with half of the challenge spanning through the COVID-19 pandemic.  340 employees completed the challenge and met their goal, for a completion rate of 58%.

Together, employees logged a whopping 1,069,911 total minutes of exercise which equals 743 days of continuous exercise.   That’s over 2 years of exercise!  

ACC President, Dr. Richard Rhodes, congratulated and presented awards for the Top Individual Stars and Most Active Campuses via a livestream virtual awards celebration on Friday, May 8, 2020.  Click HERE to check out the video from this livestream event!

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s challenge and we look forward to seeing you again in 2021.     

Overall top “stars” for the ten-week challenge were:

Click HERE to view the TOP Campus Finishers

Most Active Campuses

Top 25 Overall Finishers

For more information about this event, contact Mauri Winters in the HR Benefits office at 512-223-7577.

Let’s Get Fit for Fall!!

The fall weather is finally here, and the Fit for Fall Challenge is BACK as well!

We would like to keep you motivated going into the holiday season with this exciting wellness challenge, complete with some new activities for this year.  We hope you will join in on the fun!

Get your challenge card HERE Just print it out and complete one of the wellness activities each day.  The challenge has already begun, but it’s not to late to get in on the fun!!

Complete the 25 activities on the card, return it, and WIN a wellness gift. Only one activity per day will count! Miss an activity?  Don’t worry…you have a whole month to complete them.  This challenge will run through November 22nd, and the completed cards are due by Monday, November 25th.  Be sure to invite your coworkers to join you, have fun and let’s get “Fit for Fall” together!

Fall 2019 Exercise Classes

A new academic year is upon us!  Human Resources hopes you will get back into a good workout routine this fall.  One way to get started is with the Employee Wellness Program fall exercise classes.  Sign up HERE for a class that works for you!

These classes are FREE to all Faculty, Adjunct Faculty and staffing table employees at ACC. You may sign up for classes at any campus, but make sure you get prior approval from your supervisor. Space is limited and spots are open until filled, so be sure to sign up!

If you want even more options for exercise classes, don’t forget you can use your Tuition Vouchers to sign up for classes through Continuing Education or Kinesiology as well.  We also offer a couple of discounted fitness membership options for full-time ACC employees, if you’re interested.